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Let not your heart be troubled, Ye believe in God, believe also in Me.

In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would

Have told you. I go to prepare a place for you, and if I go and prepare a

Place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself that where

I am, there you may be also.

St. John 14:1-3




Oscar Lewis Wimberly  was born to the parentage of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Wimberly and was reared in the Pleasant Hills community in Macon, Georgia. While attending Bibb County Public Schools, he had an athletic inclination . During his high school years, he became a three-sport letterman who was affectionately called “Wimp” by his friends, or “Imp” by family.

Upon graduating  from Ballard Hudson High School in Macon, Georgia in 1952, he joined the U.S. Army. Shortly afterwards, he was the recipient of an athletic scholarship from Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia. While attending college, he continued to excel in baseball, basketball, and football, adding golf to his athletic repertoire. During his senior year at Morris Brown College, he was captain of the basketball team. Upon graduation, he began a distinguished  teaching and coaching career at Lamar  County Comprehensive High School. He served as the boy’s head basketball coach for 30 years, as well as head baseball and football coach for 12 years. His coaching prowess yielded nine regional championships, with an overall record of 420 wins and 196 losses.

In 1977, he was inducted into the Morris Brown – Atlanta University Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1968, he was named Region 3-AA Coach of the Year and appointed head coach of the Boy’s South Team in the Annual Georgia All-Star Basketball game. In 1989, he was nominated for the National High School Coach of the year. He was also a recipient of the Winningest Basketball Coach’s Award. In 2003, the City of Barnesville named the Miles-Wimberly Park in honor of Coach Wimberly’s dedication to the youth community. In recognition of his commitment to teaching and coaching, Lamar County Schools established  the Annual Oscar Wimberly Basketball Tournament in 2010. Coach Wimberly is a legendary and beloved figure in the Barnesville/Lamar County area. His many accolades and awards attest to his distinguished career.


Even with all of his recognition, the title he grew to love the most was Grandpa. Throughout Reese and Harper’s lives, he would go out of his way to attend their school functions, recitals, sporting events, and all family gatherings. He loved his grandchildren. He also enjoyed the outdoors and loved sports—especially golf. You would often find him on a golf course, sitting in the stadium of football games, or on the front row, watching Lamar County basketball teams.

Throughout his life, he was a family man, mentor, coach, motivator, neighbor, and friend. He was also blessed and grateful to have been recognized for positively impacting generations within the Barnesville community. He is preceded in death by his beautiful wife of 46 years, Nellie G. Wimberly, Emma Hooper Wimberly, and two siblings, Joseph Wimberly, Jr., and Bettye Rose Wimberly. Coach was called form labor to reward and the final whistle blew on June 5, 2018.

He leaves to cherish his memories: his son, Jamall Wimberly (Jennifer) Of Midland, Georgia; two grandchildren, Miss Reese Wimberly and Harper Wimberly of Midland, Georgia; three brothers, Albert Wimberly Sr., of Macon, Georgia, William E. Wimberly, Sr., of Mobile, Alabama, and Eugene Wimberly of Macon, Georgia; 19 nieces and nephews; 12 great-nieces and nephews; devoted friend, Mrs. Betty Frazier; and a host of relatives and extended family in the community of Barnesville, Georgia.


Funeral Services were held

Saturday, June 16, 2018

11:00 A.M.

Lamar County Fine Arts Building

Interment  Greenwood Cemetery



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